At the time it probably looked futuristic; though now it conjures images of a B-movie sci-fi film set, the era of flying saucers and ray guns. I had seen it in pictures before, and had always assumed this place served as the B-side control room: though my learned colleagues told me otherwise. “I will go and preach to anyone and everyone. I would have been there too, if I could – but on that particular date I was looking at a very different power station, on a tour of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Ukraine. It has been estimated that the Tube line will help bring an extra 25,000 new jobs to the area and the regeneration project will provide a £20bn boost to the UK economy. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 5: An elevator detail inside the abandoned Battersea Power Station on November 5, 2008 in London. An artists’ impression of the rooftop garden at the Battersea Power Station development (on a bright blue-sky sunny day). The former power plant won’t open its doors to the public for shopping and leisure until 2020, when a new tube station, called Battersea Power Station, comes online to whisk workers, visitors and the development’s well-heeled residents into the West End or the City in less than 15 minutes. But just a few days after the first lick of paint was applied to the newly completed chimneys, Battersea Power Station, no stranger to controversy, found itself embroiled in yet another political firestorm. There are lots of comments made about this development from people who have never been here and we’ve never met. Above us, four pale chimneys reared up into the night sky. To the south of the power station, a cluster of sculptural blocks designed by US architect Frank Gehry and Britain’s Foster + Partners – including a titanium-clad building called The Flower – will line a new high street, called the Electric Boulevard. Even at that point, the project was, as the former Berkeley Homes executive freely admits, a bit of a punt. Battersea belonged to an era in which even the London sewers were embellished with elaborate brickwork flourishes; an industrial society that raised power stations like the new cathedrals. When asked what it has taken to get the project this far, Tincknell reels off a practised list of four factors. Iconic: Battersea Power station during a promotional event for a TV programme last year. He said it “will deliver hundreds of new homes at prices that low and middle-income households can genuinely afford ... without a single penny of taxpayers’ subsidy”. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott was commissioned to design the building. I’m glad I saw this when I did, but unfortunately, it just wouldn’t look like this anymore. About 85% of the 2,481 marketed homes have been sold so far, although the developers have recently been affected by the slump in the luxury home market. It was hard to believe that such sights could exist in secret, hidden away here with no intention of it being seen or appreciated by anyone. See more ideas about Battersea power station, Power station, Derelict. Construction work within Battersea Power Station, a structure big enough to house both St Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square. Photo: John McRae. The last thing we needed was for this project to become a political football. A new concert venue for 2,000 people is also in the works, while the former control room A will be marketed as a cultural venue.
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